May 17 Birthdays in History - May 17 Deaths - May 17 Events
1977 Jere Michael, Aspen, Colorado, figure skater, 1994 National, Jr. champ
1976 Anna Windsor, Sydney NSW Australia, swimmer 1996 Olympics
1976 Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
1976 Peter Devine, New York City, fencer-foil 1996 Olympics
1974 Marcia Turner, Cambridge Massachusetts, Miss America, Mass-Top 10-1996
1974 Andrea Corr, Irish Musician
1973 Jay Riemersma, tight end for the Buffalo Bills
1973 Joshua Homme, American Musician
1972 Elena Wagner, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star, 1996 ITF/Redbridge-GBR
1972 John Burrough, NFL defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons
1971 Bill Lindsay, Big Fork, NHL left wing for the Florida Panthers
1971 Mark Williams, NFL linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars
1970 Sebastien Britten, Brossard Que, figure skater, 1995 Canadian Champ
1970 Alan Wetmore, CFL fullback, Montreal Alouettes
1970 Derrick Deese, NFL guard for the San Francisco 49ers
1970 Hubert Davis, NBA guard, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks
1970 Jim Cummins, Dearborn, NHL right wing, Chicago Blackhawks
1970 Jodie Rogers, Melbourne Victoria Australia, diver 1996 Olympics
1970 John Karelse, born in Wemeldinge, Zeeland, professional soccer player, goalkeeper, goalkeeping coach for NACE, played for NAC Breda, NAC
1970 Jordan Nathaniel M Knight, Massachusetts, rocker, New Kids-Hangin' Tough
1970 Renzo Furlan, born in Conegliano, Italy, professional tennis player, represented Italy at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, 1996
1970 Stefania Croce, Bergamo Italy, golfer, 95 State Farm Rail Classic-11
1970 Todd Mundt, NBA center for the Atlanta Hawks
1970 Jordan Knight, American Musician
1969 Aaron Ruffin, CFL defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger Cats
1969 Craig Erickson, NFL quarterback, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins
1969 Paige Turco, born in Boston, Massachusetts, actress, Melanie-Guiding Light
1969 Ujesh Ranchod, cricketer, Zimbabwe off-spinner 1993
1968 Tim Grunhard, NFL center for the Kansas City Chiefs
1967 Cameron Bancroft, actor, Beverly Hills 90210
1967 Debbie Dutch, Titusville, New Jersey, actress, Hell's Paradox
1966 Danny Manning, NBA forward and center for the Phoenix Suns
1966 Mark Kratzmann, Australia, tennis star
1966 Mark Schmocker, born in Interlaken, Switzerland, U.S. team handball goalie 1996 Olympics
1966 Heston Blumenthal, English Celebrity
1965 Trent Reznor, musician, 9 Inch Nails
1963 Jon Koncak, NBA center, Orlando Magic
1963 Page McConnell, American Musician
1962 Scott Case, NFL safety for the Dallas Cowboys
1962 Tracey Bryn, rocker, Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee
1962 Craig Ferguson, Scottish Comedian
1961 Enya, Eithne Ni Bhraonain, Gweedore, Ireland, vocalist, Watermark
1960 Fiona Hutchison, born in Miami, Florida, actress, One Life to Live, Guiding Light
1959 Paul Di'anno, rocker, Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist
1958 Vincent Henar, Surinam, bassist, Fra Fra Sound
1956 Bob Saget, Philadelphia, comedian, Full House, America's Funniest Home Video
1956 Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalist
1956 Sugar Ray Leonard, American Athlete
1956 Dave Sim, Canadian Cartoonist
1955 Bill Paxton, actor, Brain Dead, Next of Kin, Indian Summer, True Lies
1954 John Iles, dolby supervisor, Elephant Man, Richard III
1953 George Johnson, born in Los Angeles, California, rocker, Brothers Johnson
1953 Kathleen Sullivan, born in Pasadena, California, newscaster, ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show
1953 Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England
1953 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author, Kir Royal, actress, Shogun
1952 Jody Pijper, Dutch, background, singer
1951 Simon Hughes, born in Cheshire, England, British politician, Liberal Member of Parliament of North Southwark and Bermondsey
1950 Christian Lacroix, French couturier, Chic Frills
1950 Keith Bradley, born in Birmingham, England, British politician, life peer, Labour Member of Parliament for Manchester Withington
1950 Janez Drnovsek, born in Slovenia, Yugoslavia, liberal politician, second President of Slovenia
1949 Timothy Cordy, British director, Town and Country Planning Association
1948 Bill Bruford, English pop drummer, Yes, King Crimson-Red, Genesis
1947 John Traicos, cricketer, in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93
1946 Sinaida Turchina, U.S.S.R., team handball 1976 Olympics gold
1945 D A S Pennefather, Major-General/Commandant, General Royal Marines
1945 George Miller, born in Richmond, California, Representative-D-California 1975 -
1944 Arif Butt, cricketer, pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65
1944 Canon P B Price, general secretary, USPG
1944 Jesse Winchester, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, singer and songwriter, Learn to Love it
1944 Paul Crossley, concert pianist
1942 Caroline Charles, fashion designer
1942 Taj Mahal, New York City, singer and songwriter, Real Thing
1941 David Howell Cope, composer
1941 Miriam Margolyes, actress, Will Be
1941 Ben Nelson, American Politician
1940 Alan Kay, American Scientist
1939 Hugh Dykes, born in England, served as Conservative Member of Parliament for Harrow East, member of the European Parliament, Vice President of the British-German Association
1939 Wim de Bie, CEO, Simplistic Covenant
1938 Don Dolan, Staten Island, New York, actor, Guy Lewis- General Hospital
1938 Jason Bernard, actor, Judge-Liar Liar
1938 Pervis Jackson, rocker, Spinners
1938 Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer, Conquest of Leeuwarden
1936 Dennis Hopper, born in Kansas, actor, True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider
1936 Lars Gustafsson, born in Vasteras, Sweden, professor, University of Texas at Austin, author, wrote 'The Death of a Beekeeper'
1936 Philippe Boesmans, composer
1935 Dennis Christopher George Potter, playwright, Karaoke, Midnight Movie
1935 Ivan Slone, world-famous watchmaker
1934 Earl Morrall, NFL quarterback, Lions, Giants, Colts
1932 Arthur Jones, principal, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester
1932 Peter Burge, cricketer, dashing Australian batsman of 50's and 60's
1932 Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to U.S.S.R.
1931 Dewey Redman, jazz musician
1929 Raymond Hide, geophysicist
1928 Donald Cameron Watt, historian
1928 Ian Griggs, bishop, Ludlow
1928 Vivian Moses, biotechnologist
1927 Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO, British Steel
1926 David Ogilvy, born in London, England, David George Coke Patrick Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie, The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, judge, served as Lord Chamberlain
1926 Cicely Berry, voice director, Royal Shakespeare Company
1926 David Young, Lieutenant-General/CEO, Cairn Tech
1926 Geoffrey Caston, vice chancellor, University of South Pacific
1926 Lord Chamberlain, Earl of Airilet
1926 Tenniel Evans, rev/actor, 10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper
1925 Idi Amin, born in Uganda, military dictator, president of Uganda, assumed role of Chairman of the Organization of African Unity, attempted to annex Kagera, Tanzania
1924 Frantisek Kovaricek, composer
1924 Lord Tombs, CEO, Rolls Royce
1924 Thomas Baird, Vice-Admiral
1923 Michael Beetham, Marshal, RAF
1923 Miles Wingate, deputy master, Trinity House
1923 Peter Mennini, Erie Pennsylvania, composer, Moby Dick
1921 Dennis Brain, born in London, England, french-hornist, Serenade
1921 John Garlick, British senior civil servant
1920 Harriet Van Horne, Syracuse, New York, columnist/panelist, Leave it to Girls
1920 Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier 1952 Olympics gold
1918 Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano, Elektra, Salome
1916 Cornelis A Eman, Aruban politician
1916 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter
1916 Richard Bolling, born in New York City, New York, Representative-D-Missouri 1949 - 1983, U.S. civil-rights leader
1915 Joseph D Craggs, electrical engineer
1914 Guido Masanetz, composer
1914 Stewart Alsop, born in Avon, Connecticut, columnist and political analyst, worked for Saturday Evening Post and Newsweek
1913 Alec Ogilvie, CEO, Powell Duffryn
1913 Lord Hirshfield, chartered accountant
1912 Archibald Cox, special prosecutor, Watergate
1912 Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL quarterback, Brooklyn, Boston Yankees
1912 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher conductor
1911 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative
1911 Maureen O'Sullivan, Boyle Ireland, actress, Tarzan, Pride and Prejudice
1911 Clark Kerr, American Economist
1909 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
1909 Magda Schneider, actress, Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight
1909 Ted Rall, American Cartoonist
1908 Sigismund Toduta, composer
1908 Zinka Milanov, Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano, Ljublama Opera 1927
1907 Charles Cawley, British chief scientist/minister of power
1907 Horace McMahon, South Norwalk, Connecticut, actor, Martin Kane Private Eye
1907 Ilona Schacherer Elek, born in Budapest, Hungary, fencer, Gold Medal Olympics 1936, 1948
1906 Eric Mensforth, president, Westland Aircraft
1905 John Patrick, screenwriter
1905 John Minor Wisdom, American Judge
1904 Jean Gabin, Alexis Moncorge, actor, Stormy Waters, French Can Can
1903 Douglas Packard, British Lt General
1903 Cool Papa Bell, American Athlete
1902 John Vincent, composer
1901 Werner Egk, Auchsesheim Germany, composer, Die Zaubergeige
1900 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer
1900 Ayatollah Khomeini, Leader
1899 Ralf Harolde, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor, Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off
1896 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer
1896 Hannah Tillich, writer
1890 Philip James, composer
1889 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet, historian and diplomat, Higenia Cruel
1889 Marcel Moyse, Saint-Amour, France, flutist, 20 Exercises et etudes
1888 A P "Tich" Freeman, cricket leg-spinner, legend for Kent and England
1888 Selmer Jackson, Iowa, actor, Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
1886 Alfonso XIII, Borbon King of Spain, 1902-31
1878 Conway Tearle, U.S. actor, Klondike Annie, Should Ladies Behave?
1876 Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist
1873 Dorothy Miller Richardson, Abingdon Berkshire, novelist
1873 Henri Barbusse, Asnieres, France, novelist, Le Feu
1871 Henricus P Bremmer, art historian, Modern Kunstwerken
1867 Gerrit Mannoury, Dutch mathematician/philosopher
1866 Erik Alfred Satie, Honfleur France, composer, Memoirs d'un Ambesique
1855 Timothy Healy, Irish Politician
1850 Antonio Scontrino, composer
1846 Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle
1844 Julius Wellhausen, German Educator
1836 Joseph Norman Lockyer, discoverer, Helium, founder, Nature magazine
1823 Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby, contralto/composer
1819 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer
1817 Thomas Davidson, Scottish Scientist
1812 Joseph Warren Revere, Brigadier General Union volunteers
1808 Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, composer
1804 Ottho G Heldring, Dutch vicar/reformer, Heldring Institutions
1803 Robert Smith Surtees, novelist
1800 Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer
1796 Martinus J Niewindt, bishop of Curacao, christen slaves
1794 Anna Brownell Jameson, Dublin, writer
1794 Anna Jameson, British Writer
1768 Caroline, Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV
1749 Edward Jenner, England, physician, discovered vaccination
1741 John Penn, U.S. attorney, signed Declaration of Independence
1732 Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer
1691 Antoine Court, French reformed theologist
1673 Jozef LD von Konigsegg, Austria, military minister of Austrian Netherlands
1576 Ferdinand van Apshoven, the Older, Flemish painter, baptized
1568 Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer
1551 Martinus A del Rio, Spanish/South Netherlands lawyer/historian/theologist
1490 Albrecht von Hohenzollern, 1st duke of Prussia
1451 Engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz/viceroy of Luxembourg
1444 Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter, Birth of Venus